OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Itsukushima Shrine
厳島神社
Food model
食品模型
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Monja
もんじゃ
Shinjuku
新宿
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Shuri Castle
首里城
Shiisaa
シーサー
Mangroves
マングローブ
Japan
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Malaysia
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Spain
Negima! Magester Negi Magi
USA
Gunbuster
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Shohekiga
障壁画
Aburi-mochi
あぶり餅
Stay at Machiya
京町家ステイ
Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
銭湯表現
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
URUSHI
漆芸
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
ODEN
おでん
RAMEN
ラーメン
TAKU OBATA
KOHEI NAWA
TABAIMO
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SHODO
書道
SADO
茶道
KARATEDO
空手
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家